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Mecaenas' s Villa
The Trustees of the British Museum
Charles Turner after Wilson
Mecaenas' s Villa
Published 1 March 1823
Mezzotint and etching on chine collé
173 x 204 mm
6 13/16 x 8 in.
In the left foreground, an artist is seated behind an easel and a woman is standing next to him. There is a waterfall beyond and a town on a wooded hilltop, with a large ruined building lower down the hill beyond. In the middle distance two figures are silhouetted against a valley. There are thick woods to the right and an extensive landscape in the distance.
John Kalergi (d. 1863); his sale, Sotheby's 24-25 July 1863; bt through Edward Daniell, 53 Mortimer Street, Cavendish Square, London, 1863
Lettered below the image in scratched letters with the title, production and publication details: 'Painted by Richard Wilson. R.A.' 'Engraved on Steel by Chs. Turner. | Gems of Art. Plate 2. Published March 1. 1823. by W.B Cooke 9. Soho Square'
D224 The Falls at Tivoli, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, New Haven
E76 Turner after Wilson, View of Maecenas' Villa, Tivoli, National Museum Wales, Cardiff
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P44 Tivoli, the Cascatellie Grande and the Villa of Maecenas (View of Tivoli with Rome in the Distance), National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin
P44A View of Tivoli: The Cascatelle and the Villa of Maecenas, Dulwich Picture Gallery
P44B The Cascatelli of Tivoli and Villa of Maecenas, Private Collection, North America
Plate 2 of Gems of Art: Forming a Choice Collection Engraved from Pictures of Acknowledged Excellence, Beauty, & Variety, Painted by Esteemed Masters of All Ages and Countries', published by William Bernard Cooke, 9, Soho Square, in 1824. In the final series this was placed as Plate 4. (See also E73 and E74)
A. Whitman, Charles Turner, 1907, p. 259, cat. 813, I
State with engraved painter's name and title re-lettered